An Egyptian father has been accused of mercilessly murdering his own infant daughter by feeding her milk laced with insecticide while his wife was away.

The man was reportedly spurred to commit the killing because he saw the newborn baby as an unwanted child, as he even attempted to convince his wife to get an abortion while she was pregnant. However, his wife refused to go through the operation and gave birth to the infant against her husband's will. The accused even refused to pay for the child's birth certificate when he accompanied his wife to the hospital on the day the child was born, Gulf News reported.

“My husband did not want the baby since the very moment he learned I am pregnant. He wanted me to abort her. I refused although he insisted. He used to say that he would get me into trouble if I did not abort the fetus," the child's mother said.

The man reportedly threatened his wife saying that he would sell the baby and told her that he would not buy anything for her if she continued with the pregnancy against his will. However, the accused's wife threatened him back saying that she would file a case against him if he did so.

The infant's mother reportedly started going back to work forty days after the baby's delivery. Meanwhile, the accused looked after the infant while his wife was at work between 5 a.m and 8 p.m.

"One day, he prepared me some food mixed with sleeping pills. Although I refused to eat at the beginning, he insisted. He mixed her milk with insecticide and asked me for the first time since our marriage to go to sleep. I woke up half an hour before Fajr's prayers and found him sitting next to my little daughter smoking. She woke up at the time but he gave her the poisoned milk again," the victim's mother explained.

When the mother woke up the next day, her baby was found lying unresponsive and motionless. The accused refused to take the baby to a government hospital insisting that it will land him in trouble. However, the wife took the infant to the hospital herself and a forensic report confirmed that the infant died of poisoning.

"I wish they will execute him by hanging,” the mother said.

The killing has been reported to the Egyptian authorities and an investigation is underway.

Newborn baby
A premature baby, who was found covered by hundreds of ants after being left in a garbage dump for hours, reportedly died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India on Friday, June 17. This is a representational image. Photo by esudroff/Pixabay

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